Since 2014 conductor Joana Mallwitz holds the position of Music Director at Theater Erfurt, where se conducted this season among others Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte and Wozzek.
With Wozzek she has been recently highly praised by the critics:
WOZZEK / THEATER ERFURT
“The fact that it took several seconds of reflection at the end before the audience applause began was naturally down to Joana Mallwitz, who makes the abyss audible in the Erfurt Orchestra, turns the orchestral interludes into musical lightning, and other provides the close following of the text that this work needs.” (OMM, Roberto Becker, 5 Mar. 2017)
“Joana Mallwitz’s conducting supports the the singers with unbelievable precision. The voices seem unusually differentiated through the lucid orchestral sound. Even in the parts that move between the spoken and sung word, she achieves an high level of presence in her interaction with the singers. Joana Mallwitz knows exactly what do with the “rhythmic declamation,” in the the exact notation of a fixed rhythm is applied to the sprechstimme. All of the tempi and forward motion were a shining example of her success. Even with a ground of young children on stage, everything was in sync. Joana Mallwitz made yet another particularly strong emotional impression on the audience with Act III’s orchestral interlude in d-minor.” (Online Merker, Larissa Gawritschenko und Thomas Janda, 25 Feb. 2017
DEBUT AT OPER FRANKFURT
A further highlight of this season was her debut at the Frankfurt Opera where her performances of Pelléas et Mélisande received rave reviews, immediately after which she was invited for further projects at this important house.
“Now after three hours the spherical-sounding, floating Oper- und Museumsorchester came in to full bloom: under the reliable guidance of Joana Mallwitz, the most delicate lines of the strings above all made audible ‘the secrets of the soul’ which to that point had been invoked by the aged king.” (Frankfurter Neue Presse, 27 Mar. 2017)
“Last but by no means least was the orchestral performance under the direction of Joana Mallwitz, guesting from her position as general music director in Erfurt. With generally swift tempi (some 15 minutes were lopped off the originally advertised running time), she galvanised everyone involved into a sweeping view of Debussy’s masterpiece that lost none of the detail, drawing out every minute colour in the scoring and providing plenty of atmosphere as well as momentum. The score hasn’t sounded this sheerly beautiful since the glory days of Abbado and Boulez. “(Bachtrack Matthew Rye, 2 Apr. 2017 )
MACBETH IN COPENHAGEN
At the end of this season, Joana Mallwitz returns to the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen where she will conduct Macbeth, an opera which she most recently conducted to plaudits in Zurich.
Remaining performance dates in Copenhagen include: 2, 5, 8, and 10 June 2017.
Additionally, Mallwitz will be conducting symphonic concerts on 15 and 16 June 2017 in Erfurt in a program which will feature Beethoven’s Symphony 5 and the Adagietto from Mahler 5, among other works.